British comic Gervais joins web series bandwagon

Agence France-Presse
The star of 'The Office' is set to 'teach English' to fans online

BRITISH COMIC RICKY GERVAIS. Screen grab from YouTube

LOS ANGELES, United Sates of America – Ricky Gervais is leaping onto the web series bandwagon, saying Tuesday he’s finished editing a pilot for an online project with a distinctly pedagogical theme.

He gave few details about “Learn English with Ricky Gervais” besides saying the pilot has “turned out great” and that he might charge viewers “a small fee … a couple of quid (British pounds)” to cover the cost of making the show.

“I’m thinking of making a clean version of the pilot available for download so people can put their own subtitles on it and repost it,” added the 51-year-old creator of the hit comedy “The Office” on his blog.

“You can do a Klingon version if you want.”

Web series, specially written and produced for Internet viewing, are swiftly gaining in popularity — and big-named stars are joining the fray.

Earlier in July, Jerry Seinfeld premiered “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” in which he toodles around town in vintage cars, yaks about nothing in particular with fellow comics, then stops off for a caffeine fix.

Gervais is also at work on a comedy series for Britain’s Channel Four television, titled “Derek,” in which he plays a middle-aged assistant in a retirement home. It is due to air in early 2013. – Agence France-Presse